noun, plural discoveries.
the act or an instance of discovering.
something discovered.
Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.

1545–55; discover + -y3

nondiscovery, noun, plural nondiscoveries.
prediscovery, noun, plural prediscoveries.
rediscovery, noun, plural rediscoveries.
self-discovery, noun, plural self-discoveries. Unabridged
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discovery (dɪˈskʌvərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  the act, process, or an instance of discovering
2.  a person, place, or thing that has been discovered
3.  law the compulsory disclosure by a party to an action of relevant documents in his possession

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from discover + -y (1). Earlier in this sense was discovering (mid-14c.).
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Example sentences
The dramatic transformation gives the garden an appealing sense of discovery
  and maximizes its potential.
For the first time, a robotic system has made a novel scientific discovery with
  virtually no human intellectual input.
In her mind, she had made a major breakthrough, the kind of discovery that
  could establish a career.
The paleontologists say their discovery advances understanding of dinosaur
  evolution and diversification.
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